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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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L.A. Starks
Jan 22, 2016 L.A. Starks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Four Horseman of the Apocalpyse has turned up on best books lists. I picked it up after reading and liking Edna Ferber's So Big, which won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize for best novel. The Four Horsemen took me a while to read due to its slow pace.

I particularly recommend this book for history fans. It was first published a hundred years ago exactly, in 1916. Although the book is fiction, readers get eyewitness detail of World War I. It is also prescient about WWII.

There is a strong sense of the
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Catherine Gordon
Aug 01, 2011 Catherine Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julie Campbell
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This book wasn't what I expected as I didn't really know what it was about before starting it. Basically it is the history of a family. The father is french and goes to Argentina where he meets and marries and then raises a family. His sister in law marries a German, the respective men end up going back to their home country and then war breaks out.
The horror of war is captured amazingly well without too much gruesome detail. The concern of parents for their children the men at the front, and th
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Martha Johnson
This is a huge allegory for the First World War -- a Frenchman leaves his home country to go to Argentina where he makes a fortune and marries off two daughters -- one to a German and one to a Frenchman. They return to France and war breaks out. The entire book seems to be about how the old country ensnares people in their old stereotypes and prejudices as well as a diatribe against the Germans. There are important twists and turns to the story and it is clear that it was written so closely to W ...more
Hermien
May 21, 2014 Hermien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting book about WWI and the effect it had on soldiers and citizens alike. It reminded me of Suite Francaise.
I have only just realised it was written in 1916 and that makes it a lot more impressive.
Laura
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Donna
Mar 13, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book about the Desnoyers family and the French viewpoint of World War I. The action moved at a good pace. Although it is about the war and some graphic scene of the war are included, the book isn't entirely about the war. The Desnoyers family members are well developed and I became very concerned about their wellbeing, but their German relatives were painted mostly in the negative. Various political viewpoints are discussed, and they all make the reader strongly dislike the G ...more
Darrell
Aug 01, 2015 Darrell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"She was still smiling distantly at him, but that smile was more of a souvenir than a reality."

Apparently quite a popular novel when it first came out (my copy is the 99th edition), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse tells the story of Marcelo Desnoyers, a Frenchman who fled to Argentina to avoid the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. After getting rich in the cattle business, Marcelo returns to France with his wife and children while World War I looms on the horizon.

Marcelo's son, Julio, is a spoile
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Sergio Andrés
Apr 24, 2014 Sergio Andrés rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El primer libro que leí de Blasco Ibañez fue La Barraca y me pareció brillante. Este es muy distinto a ese: me parece otro autor. Pero eso no significa que no sea una gran novela. Para nada. Es una gran novela, llena de descripciones -con ese sesgo de realismo-naturalismo que cargaba el autor- de la Primera Guerra. Eso me gustó, porque la Primer Guerra Mundial cambió para siempre la historia de las guerras; hay un antes y un después claramente: las trincheras, los aviones, los tanques, cambiaron ...more
Javier de la Peña Ontanaya
Un gran relato sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial, desde cómo se va gestando hasta el desarrollo. Muy original los monólogos interiores de Julio y don Marcelo, especialmente los del primero, en los que entran en conflicto su amada y el marido de ésta cuando regresa malherido del conflicto. Fue de los momentos más interesantes de esta gran novela: los conflictos morales de Julio y también los de don Marcelo. Puede observarse las desgracias de las dos familias, cada una con intereses en un bando opue ...more
Antonio Pena lafuente
Una novela digna de sus tiempos. No pensaba que Blasco Ibáñez fuese capaz de sorprenderme de esta manera. Relata la historia de una familia que se ve inmersa en la primera guerra mundial. Si bien el libro, como él mismo explica, peca un poco de afrancesado y demasiado subjetivo, no es razón para que desmerezca en absoluto. Una brillantez que acerca los personajes, muy trabajados, al lector mostrando su evolución a lo largo del conflicto. Recomendable y además digno de admiración. Un trabajo que ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 12, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was the biggest selling novel in the world between the WWI and WWII. Unquestionably it was at least somewhat oversold. Today is largely forgotten and is most certainly being undersold.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse addresses the big question on the minds of everyone between the wars: why would so many people gladly die in what was clearly a senseless war. The answer of Blasco Ibanez was the same as that of Marcel Proust in Le temps retrouve. Blasco Ibanez
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Dusko Lazanski
Dec 17, 2015 Dusko Lazanski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lepo ispričano. Nije depresivno kao ovaj pasus koji sam stavio, samo realno. Rat k'o rat...

"Nema pravde, svet je proizvod slučajnosti; sve je laž, sve su drugo samo reči utehe da bi ljudsko biće podnosilo nedaće života, da se ne prestraši kad shvati koliko je bespomoćno.
Učinilo mu se da u daljini čuje bat galopa četiri jahača apokalipse, koji gaze ljudska bića. Ugledao je snažno i odvažno biće sa isukanim mačem, strelca nakaznog osmeha, sa strelama kuge, ćelavu škrticu sa vagom za glad, galopira
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Dana
Oct 23, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le pareció que resonaba a lo lejos el galope de los cuatro jinetes apocalípticos atropellando a los humanos. Vio al mocetón brutal y membrudo con la espada de la guerra, al arquero de sonrisa repugnante con las flechas de la peste, al avaro calvo con las balanzas del hambre, el cadáver galopante con la hoz de la muerte. Los reconoció como las únicas divinidades familiares y terribles que hacían sentir su presencia al hombre. Todo lo demás resultaba un ensueño. Los cuatro jinetes eran la realida
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Ralph
Feb 08, 2015 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los cuatro Jinetes del Apocalipsis de Vicente Blasco Ibáñez.

Es una obra que cuando se dan los movimientos de aquel periodo (Naturalismo y Realismo) pasa desapercibida inmerecidamente. Siempre nos acordamos de Blasco Ibáñez por otras obras como Cañas y Barro que tuvo repercusión mediática por la serie que se llevó a la TVE pero nadie lee hoy Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis a pesar de haber sido un best-seller en Estados Unidos, vendiendo en su tiempo ¡MÁS DE 10 MILLONES DE EJEMPLARES! Y convi
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Vittorio Ducoli
Apr 22, 2013 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'orrore prima dell'orrore

La grande forza de I quattro cavalieri dell'Apocalisse sta, a mio avviso, nel fatto di essere stato scritto in media res, in pochi mesi tra il 1915 e il 1916. La lettura del libro ci restituisce il clima, l'atmosfera delle settimane che precedettero lo scoppio del conflitto tra Germania e Francia, l'euforia nazionalista della mobilitazione generale, l'orrore dell'invasione tedesca, della battaglia della Marna, della guerra di trincea e dei milioni di morti che comportò.
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Ricardo
Feb 01, 2010 Ricardo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
El problema con esta obra (del año 1926) es que fue concebida bajo el espíritu que dominó a los aliados en la primera posguerra: Alemania es el único culpable de todos los horrores (detalladamente descriptos en el largo capítulo titulado "La invasión"). Todos los personajes germanos son alternativamente presentados como orgullosos, intolerantes, demonios, perversos, traicioneros, impiadosos, adjetivos todos con los que también se califica a su sanguinario emperador. Nada los detiene en su búsque ...more
Philip Dodd
Oct 02, 2013 Philip Dodd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Behind every book you read there is the tale of how you came to read it. In 1962, when I was a ten year old schoolboy, my father took my elder brother and I to see a film at our local cinema, called The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I was far too young to appreciate such a film at the time and I had no idea what the word Apocalypse meant. I remember only two scenes from the film. The first was of a family sat round a table, discussing something very seriously, all looking very troubled, the o ...more
MiLi
Encontré este título de casualidad mientras revisaba en Amazon la selección de libros de dominio público, es decir, libros clásicos que están disponibles legalmente de manera gratuita. Lo bajé por curiosidad y creo que fue una buena decisión.

La obra cuenta los orígenes de una familia, sus relaciones, sus preocupaciones, sus aspiraciones a lo largo del tiempo. Cada uno de los personajes está descripto con gran habilidad y una muy buena atención a los detalles. El relato de la familia se articula
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Frances
Jul 22, 2015 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After spending a lot of time building the story of the characters' lives, the book throws you right in to the battle during WWI. You get a feel for the changes it caused for different people and how they struggled to understand its purpose. Interesting history lesson.
Antonio
May 20, 2016 Antonio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un relato de como la Gran Guerra afectó a la población civil y como se vivieron esos años en París. Al estar escrito en 1916 es tremendamente interesante ver unos personajes e ideas de una época que no saben el oscuro futuro que se cierne sobre ellos. La narración y la descripciones son de muy buena calidad aunque la historia es algo previsible. Especial atención a la reflexión sobre la guerra que hacen los personajes (franceses y alemanes) y como van cambiando su visión sobre ella a lo largo de ...more
Sebastián
Apr 09, 2015 Sebastián rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primera lectura de Blasco Ibáñez. Me agradó. Conforme avanzó la historia también mi interés. Sin dudar es una de las mejores novelas bélicas y, además, históricas que he leído. El autor maneja muy bien el contexto histórico, social y cultual de la época. Logra transmitir el mundo y las impresiones con sus personajes. Escenas memoriables como la del encuentro de Julio y Margarita y la de Marcelo con Otto. Se refleja cómo todos pierden con una guerra, no importa bandos, naciones, clases sociales.
Ana Emilia García
Interesting, but quite tragic...

I liked this book, a classic. Interesting story. I just wish it could have a less sad ending but it makes you also think on how terrible war is.
Stuart Hopper
Aug 24, 2011 Stuart Hopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. It's a miracle we are all still here really. Makes you realise that there needs to be a dominant power in the world to maintain peace, because of the perpetual struggle for power and control that seems instinctive in, what is still essentially, the tribal human. I sometimes see everyone speaking English and imagine a disollution of culture is happening, and that this is a bad thing, a loss of culture, but this may be our saving grace. Very interesting discourse on what makes 'civilis ...more
Милен Петров
A good mix of the story of a family and the horrors of WWI. A lot of interesting discussions and thoughts about war and human nature
Marina
Jul 11, 2016 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pese a que la novela histórica no es mi fuerte, esta no ha estado mal. Aquellas partes que se centraban más en los personajes que en el contexto me han tenido enganchada y sumergida en la lectura.
jorge rpo
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escribe al estilo comienzos siglo xx con mucho adjetivo innecesario .Se alarga en sentimentalismo y no profundiza personajes. es una novela saltona y disgregada
Ali
Feb 09, 2012 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No me gustan lo libros sobre guerras pero este es buen recuento de la primera guerra mundial. El libro ofrece variedad: tiene capítulos en los que cuenta la historia de la familia, capítulos en plan discurso filosófico y otros que describen la acción en la zona de batalla. Blasco Ibañez vivió en París durante el comienzo de la guerra, por lo que su recuento es increiblemente realista. Está escrito desde la perspectiva de los aliados así que si el lector por casualidad le tiene manía a los aleman ...more
María Chávez
Jan 30, 2015 María Chávez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los cuatro jinetes del apocalipsis es un libro que me impresionó bastante, se desenvuelve en la época de la primera guerra mundial, sin embargo no habla de la guerra mundial como tal sino de como el personaje principal, Julio, continúa con su vida o la transforma adaptándose a la guerra, además es interesante como muestra a sus padres y amigos desde el punto de vista de cada uno como ven a Julio y como ven su propia vida. Debo recalcar que me agrado bastante como Blasco hacia referencias a los c ...more
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Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (January 29, 1867 – January 28, 1928) was a Spanish realist novelist writing in Spanish, a screenwriter and occasional film director.

Born in Valencia, today he is best known in the English-speaking world for his World War I novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He is also known for his political activities.

He finished studying law, but hardly practised. He divided his ti
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